• Hartnell/The Western Stage SpringFEST: Updated workshops, classes and performance information

    SpringFEST 2015 is spreading its wings at The Western Stage like a butterfly leaving the cocoon after a long winter’s nap…changed and never the same.  Updated workshops, classes and performance information are revealed below and the community is invited to attend.

    Puppetry Workshop Series
    Puppet-making and manipulation techniques taught by Minneapolis artist John Glazier and teaching artists from El Teatro Campesino.  Students get an introduction to physical acting in addition to creating and using their puppets.  Limited space, $25.00 materials fee.  Saturdays, March 21 – May 9, 9AM-1PM   Email: mchin@hartnell.edu to register.

    Holmes for the Holidays
    The show begins with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic Holmes story, “The Blue Carbuncle.” In the Christmas season, a war veteran hard-up for money brings a little case to Holmes purely to help another unfortunate person. Holmes’ deductions trigger surprising events that will change the veteran’s fortunes— and his own. This staged reading performed by Actors Collective Media Entertainment,is apreview of a newSherlock Holmes piece. Studio Theater. First come, first seated. Saturday, March 7 at 7:30PM and Sunday, March 8 at 2:30PM. $5.00 suggested donation accepted at the door benefits the Actors Collective. 

    I’m Still Here
    Longtime TWS director/choreographer, Anne Marie Hunter, will present a heartfelt and humorous project drawn from her personal experience with Alzheimer’s through music, movement & family photos. Saturday March 14 at 7:30PM and Sunday, March 15 at 2:30PM.  Studio Theater.  Free of charge.  Donations collected at the door benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.

    A Concert in Goth
    Stephen Tosh presents his arrangements of macabre music like Fantasia on acid, a humorous dance with Mephistopheles, Tosh’s own Lovecraftian Mythos piece and other Songs of the Macabre.  Wednesday, March 18, 2015.  7:30PM. Free of charge.  Studio Theater

    Lunaby Ramon Esquivel
    TWS is offering a special daytime performances for local teachers and students. Luna is the story of Soledad, the daughter of migrant farmworkers, who finds it difficult to make friends because her family moves constantly. Soledad, an aspiring astronaut, finds comfort in books, the stars and in the company of the friendly moon. March 25, 26, 27 at 10:30AM.
    Special daytime performances for students and teachers. $2.00 per person for school groups.  Contact Roxana Sanchez at rsanchez@hartnell.edu to learn more.  Mainstage Theater.  Sponsored by the Sally Hughes Church Foundation.

    Camino Real by Tennessee Williams
    A production of Tennessee Williams’s last play provides opportunities for student and community directors, actors and designers. Taking place in the main plaza, the play goes through a series of logic defying events.  A main theme that the play deals with is coming to terms with the thought of growing older and possibly becoming irrelevant. Saturday, April 18 at 7:30pm and Sunday, April 19 at 2:00PM. Studio Theater.  Free of charge.

    The Giver by Lois Lowry adapted for stage by Eric Coble
    Twelve-year-old Jonas is apprenticed to The Giver, the keeper of his Community’s collective memory, but instead of the great honor it is supposed to be, his apprenticeship soon uncovers the terrible secrets behind the supposedly Utopian life he and his friends live.  This is a “Kids and Family” project offering youth actors ages 9 & up the opportunity to perform with family and community adults. Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3 at 2PM.  $10.00 general admission.  Mainstage Theater. 

    La Conquista de Mexico by Luis Valdez
    This ironic and satiric acto by Luis Valdez de-mythifies Spain’s conquest of Mexico and was first presented at El Centro Campesino Cultural in Del Rey, CA in 1968. Directed by Carlos Cortez, this presentation is a joint effort between Teatro Campesino and The Western Stage.  May 8-9, 2015 at 7:30PM. Studio Theater. Free of charge.

    Individuals who are interested in participating in Spring FEST may learn more at: http://westernstage.com/programs/for-adults/spring-fest/ or by emailing Kathy Cusson at kcusson@hartnell.edu

    Hartnell Community College District

    The Hartnell CCD serves over 15,000 students annually through its main campus in Salinas, the Alisal Campus in East Salinas, the King City Education Center, and various outreach learning centers throughout the Salinas Valley. Hartnell College, a Hispanic Serving Institution, provides workforce training, basic skills courses, and prepares students for transfer to four year colleges and universities. Hartnell College is recognized for its innovative public and private partnerships that support world class STEM education, career technical education, fine and performing arts, humanities, and athletics. We are growing leaders through opportunity, engagement, and achievement. For more about Hartnell CCD, visit www.hartnell.edu


    posted to Cedar Street Times on March 4, 2015

    Topics: Front PG News, Arts & Music


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